Looking at current revenue trends in telecom, you might be tempted to suggest that, at a high level, U.S. telcos will over time find more of their fixed network revenue coming from business customers, irrespective of “legal” status (incumbent or competitive local exchange carrier).
Wireless, on the other hand, looks to remain a business driven more centrally by the consumer segment.
That might also suggest that cable operators, despite key growth initiatives in the business customer segment, might over time find themselves becoming the preeminent consumer services providers in the fixed network business.
Business spending represented about $82.7 billion of wireline services in 2011, or about 51 percent of total.
Business spending in 2011 represented about 35 percent of total wireless revenue. Wireless now contributes about 52 percent of total U.S. service provider revenues, and will grow to represent about 61 percent of total revenues by 2016, Insight Research estimates.
Insight Research estimates that the total U.S. telecom wireless market, which stood at $175.5 billion in 2011, will see compound annual grow of 8.2 percent, reaching $260.6 billion in 2016.
The total U.S. telecom wireline market reached $162.9 billion in revenue at the end of 2011, and will essentially remain flat, reaching $167.9 billion by the end of 2016, representing a negligible compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.6 percent over the forecast period, Insight Research reports.